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Minnesota's top in-state recruit in Marshall (Minn.) four-star offensive lineman Blaise Andries decides to stay home with the Gophers

Minnesota grabbed their first commitment of the 2017 class earlier this afternoon when the top in-state recruit with Marshall's Blaise Andries deciding on the Gophers.


"I starting thinking about it about two weeks ago after that Minnesota visit," Blaise Andries said to GopherDigest about his Minnesota commitment earlier this morning. "I really got to know the people and I just wanted to make sure I kept thinking that way and then last weekend I really thought it was meant to be with me and the Gophers. I called some coaches this past week and told them that I'm sorry and I wouldn't be able to make it to their campus as I was coming to Minnesota to talk with Coach Claeys and commit."


"It felt like home," Andries on the biggest reason why he decided to stay home and commit to the Golden Gophers. "I could actually see myself being at Minnesota on a daily basis as every other place I went to, it'd be kind of iffy. Traveling to these different colleges got a little out there and it was becoming a chore to travel such far distances and Minnesota is close to home and it felt like home. I like the players and coaches, specifically offensive line coach Bart Miller is a great guy and I think he'll do a great job coaching the offensive line for the Gophers."


"I went on a visit about two weeks ago to Minnesota and was able to stay overnight with the players and really get to know the coaches and players better. They're great people and they have the right attitude. They're willing to be great and that's really what matters is that the people around you are willing to work together to fight for a common goal and that's to win the Big Ten championship. After that visit it really felt like home. All these other programs, they've got great coaches and players and other things like that, but with Minnesota, I could see myself playing here. Being here on a daily basis and playing here. As I said, home is where the heart is and I couldn't go wrong with Minnesota."


"I'm done with the recruiting process now. I'm committed to Minnesota and I'm 100% sure on that and that's the plan."

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